Hello and we welcome you to the Mid-Atlantic Aphasia Conference!
The Mid-Atlantic Aphasia Conference (a non-profit and tax exempt organization) is an independent aphasia support group created by members from Hopewell Township, NJ, Hamilton, NJ, Levittown, Willow Grove, and Fairless, PA aphasia support groups. The intention of creating this group is to connect people living with aphasia as well as those who care for individuals with aphasia, in the tri-state area.
Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma, from brain tumors, or from infections.
Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication with the patient almost impossible, or it can be very mild. It may affect mainly a single aspect of language use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, or the ability to put words together into sentences, or the ability to read. More commonly, however, multiple aspects of communication are impaired, while some channels remain accessible for a limited exchange of information.